LEGAL, Siskiyou


Yreka, CA – June 20, 2024 – At approximately 5:45 A.M. on June 20, 2024, CAL FIRE’s Yreka Interagency Command Center received a 911 call reporting a wildland fire in the Mt. Shasta Vista area. CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers responded to the scene and conducted an origin and cause investigation.

After interviewing witnesses, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers, in conjunction with Siskiyou County Sheriff Deputies, arrested Neng Thao, age 47 from Weed, on suspicion of causing multiple fires. Thao was transported to the Siskiyou County Jail and booked on the following charges:

  • California Penal Code 451(c) – Felony Arson
  • California Penal Code 452(c) – Felony Recklessly Causing a Fire
  • Public Resources Code 4421 – Misdemeanor Causing a Fire on Forestland
  • Health and Safety Code 13001 – Misdemeanor Unlawful Burning

CAL FIRE would like to thank the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this matter. Anyone with information regarding these fires is encouraged to contact CAL FIRE Law Enforcement at 530-360-6277.

CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers are dedicated to investigating all fires and apprehending those suspected of arson. Wildfires continue to pose a significant threat to life, property, and California’s natural resources. CAL FIRE urges the public to remain vigilant in their preparedness and report any suspicious activity.


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